BRISTOL – A third suspect in the Aaron Hernandez murder case surrendered in Florida Friday, authorities said, hours after a Bristol resident was extradited to Massachusetts.
Ernest Wallace was arrested in Miramar.
Also Friday, Carlos A. Ortiz appeared briefly in Superior Court in Bristol before Massachusetts police took custody. He later appeared in court in North Attleborough, Mass., and pleaded not guilty to a gun charge. He will be held until a July 9 hearing.
Wallace turned himself in at about 1:30 p.m., Miramar police said. Massachusetts state police were on their way to pick him up. Wallace, a Miramar resident, told police he saw his name in news reports and knew he had a warrant for his arrest.
Wallace faces a charge of accessory after the fact to murder. The criminal complaint alleges that he helped Hernandez avoid law enforcement after the slaying of Odin Lloyd. The affidavit in support of the complaint was sealed.
Ortiz has told police he was in possession of a gun on the morning of June 17, the date investigators say Lloyd, 27, a Dorchester, Mass., resident, was shot to death.
Hernandez, the former New England Patriots star and Bristol native, has been charged with murder in Lloyd’s death. Ortiz was apparently one of two men Hernandez told to meet him in Massachusetts on the day of the shooting.
Story by Jenny Wilson, David Owens and Dave Altimari